Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Occupy Mankato

As those of you who have intensely researched my background by reading my profile know, I live in the small town of Mankato, Minnesota.
(Home of the largest mass execution in American history, bitches)
And I'm sure all of you have heard of the #Occupy movement that has been spreading around the world.
(So I will spare the details and background)
Well, #Occupy has come to Mankato. 

It all happened last Friday, when I was going to cash my check from work.  (I know, I know, apparently there is some sort of prize for being the last company to get direct deposit)  But the point is that when I went to the ATM there was nothing going on outside. 
But in the time it took the machine to register a check with so many zeroes, the sidewalk outside my bank went from empty
To this:
They were dressed as rich people, with tuxedos and champagne glasses.  They also had some signs, but reading is for nerds so I didn't bother. 
So I thought "hey, maybe I could get a job with a company with direct deposit, or at the very least some free champagne."
But alas, they were not rich.  Hell, they didn't even have jobs themselves. 
And the champagne? 
Sparkling.  Freaking.  Cider. 

I would have stayed and found out where to subscribe to their newsletter, but I had fish to buy and my short attention span isn't going to just find new stimuli itself.

But as I drove off, I took another snapshot of my short experience with radicalism.
Like two drifting river tubes, lost in the current of life

24 comments:

  1. Direct deposit is mandatory for most places in my area!

    Things happen in the blink of an eye!

    Thanks for helping me hit the 50 followers mark!

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  2. I have one question...where in the hell does the guy get a tuxedo?

    Last time I checked, they're pretty expensive to rent. Hope the guy doesn't actually own a tuxedo, that would be ironic.

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  3. I gotta say I like them for doing it even in an out of the way place and in such a small number.

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  4. Glad the movement is spreading into every nook and cranny of the country.

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  5. Suits and cider. I dunno man, they were gonna get it on. You probably missed out.

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  6. Had a few occupy people in my town, like 5-10 so no one pays any attention to them.

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  7. Dear God. What a crowd. How did you survive it?

    Love,
    Lola

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  8. David Crosby and Graham Nash just performed at the Occupy Wallstreet freak-a-thon. These movements will have zero impact on reality. Sing a song, hold up a sign, change the world, believe in Santa and present will magically appear under your tree. Oooh there goes a faery, I think I'll go catch it.

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  9. Hah, good stuff. The Occupy Eugene just moved to a park on my way to work. I think it's funny how they are a bunch of unemployed people clamoring for equal rights and employment, but their main audience is... people on their way to work. I don't think we feel too bad for them.

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  10. Good on them for taking it to Mankato,

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  11. Whoa...they really went all out on that protest...

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  12. I've always wanted to live in Minnesota.

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  13. There didn't seem to be a lot of the cider drinking weirdos...bad prom?

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  14. Well at least they're not going crazy like the people down by Oakland.

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  15. I don't trust anyone who drinks cider.

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  16. Most jobs I've had had direct deposite but I'd always ask for a check anyway. I'm weird that way.

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  17. lol thers like 4 ppl soliciting or having a smoke outside of a bank?

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  18. A tux and champagne glasses? I don't car if reading is nerdy I would have looked. haha

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  19. Oh the irony. What a occupied sidewalk.

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  20. Too bad, there's only so few of them.

    Anne: Why would it not change anything? Got any better ideas?

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  21. Oh, you had fish to buy. Well, that explains not spending any more time there. I enjoy tapping on the glass of the lobster tank as well as watching to see what sort of person buys a fish with the head and tail still attached.

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  22. Mankato is truly a wonderland. Tucked into the Emerald Green Valley in Southern Minnesota and things that I like in Mankato. Australia visa is the perfect document that is capable of legally allowingyou to stay in Australiaand later on probably apply for the status of a permanent resident. The people, the parks and lakes, the rich culture and love for the state's roots and of course the summers. Nothing beats a Mankato summer. I cannot wait to move back.

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